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Victim of deadly Texas charter bus crash identified

The bus was headed to Albuquerque, N.M., when it crashed in a construction zone on westbound I-40 in Vega.
The bus was headed to Albuquerque, N.M., when it crashed in a construction zone on westbound I-40 in Vega.(Penny Kmitt KFDA)
Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 12:30 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2020 at 11:29 AM CDT
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OLDHAM COUNTY, Texas (KFDA) - The Texas Department of Public Safety released more information on the bus crash that killed one and injured 18 others on I-40 in Vega Tuesday morning.

According to DPS, the bus was traveling west on I-40 in a construction zone around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday when the driver drove into the lane that was closed due to construction.

The bus then traveled through traffic cones and hit multiple concrete overpass support beams.

The driver, identified as 71-year-old Jerry Buckner of Albuquerque, N.M., died at the scene.

Three of the passengers were taken to Northwest Texas Hospital with serious injuries, and two were taken by ambulance to Northwest Texas Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Thirteen passengers were taken to the hospital in Hereford with minor injuries.

The rest of the passengers waited at Christ Community Church in Vega until a bus from a separate charter company in Lubbock arrived to take them to their destination.

A passenger on the bus said the group went to Georgia for a business convention.

The bus was heading back to Albuquerque at the time of the crash.

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